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[kap-oo-chee-noh, kah-poo-; Italian kahp-poot-chee-naw] /ˌkæp ʊˈtʃi noʊ, ˌkɑ pʊ-; Italian ˌkɑp putˈtʃi nɔ/
a hot beverage consisting of espresso coffee and steamed milk, often served with powdered cinnamon and topped with whipped cream.
Origin of cappuccino
1945-50; < Italian: literally, Capuchin, so called from a fancied resemblance of the drink's color to the color of a Capuchin habit Unabridged
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  • She kept her face still and neutral, and calmly swallowed her cappuccino.

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noun (pl) -nos
coffee with steamed milk, sometimes served with whipped cream or sprinkled with powdered chocolate
Word Origin
Italian: capuchin
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Word Origin and History for cappuccino

1948, from Italian cappuccino, from Capuchin in reference to the beverage's color and its supposed resemblance to that of the brown hoods of the Friars Minor Capuchins (see Capuchin).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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